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Mountain Photography Residency

Mountain Culture

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Program Information

Photo by Ace Kvale.


The Mountain Photography Residency provides an opportunity for photographers to learn how to tell compelling visual narratives through images. The program examines photography and its methodologies, processes, and uses when working in mountain or wilderness communities with deep ecological history, cultural history, or spiritual significance.  

Participants will explore how artistic practice can change in relation to our shifting and evolving sense of self in today’s world. They will also reflect on the communities with which we identify, participate, and create – as well as the vital cultural significance of human connection through land, the outdoors, story, culture and art.

Individualized interaction with celebrated photographer Ace Kvale and guest faculty will allow participants to address aspects of the creative process, storytelling, and culture in their artistic work. The program is designed to support participants’ creative process with a goal of establishing cultural and ecological accountability, responsibility, and awareness. 

What does the program offer?

The Mountain Photography Residency offers structured time for photographers, with an interest in cultural landscape and the outdoors, to create work and discuss pertinent themes related to culture and the outdoor industry. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, field work, lectures, and community visits, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration of their work and professional development.    

Photographers will receive direct mentorship on research practices and methodologies that support the creation of new work. They will also engage in critical analysis of methods of production, cultural engagement, and use of artistic work in promoting protecting communities, culture, and the environment.

Who should apply?

This program is designed for photographers exploring mountain and wilderness themes and cultivating new directions in their work, as well as experimenting with production techniques. 

We welcome applications from photographers who have an interest in documenting and protecting communities, cultures, and the environment, as well as those who are involved in shaping community transformation by amplifying marginalized stories and voices. 

Applicants should have an interest in relationship building, culture, landscape, natural history, geography, and photography, as well as a desire to create in a community of peers.

Program generously supported by:

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What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $30 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Showcase Your WorkRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
$2 646.90
Program Fee with Financial Aid*
$1 646.90

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 50% of the program fee may be available

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, scholarships are available for this program. Let us know how financial assistance will help you participate in this program and be sure to complete the Financial Assistance section in SlideRoom to be considered.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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Letter of Intent

A 500-word description of why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to learn or achieve, and what impact it could have on your artistic practice.


Upload a two-page resume/C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.


Upload a collection of work that represents your creative and/or technical achievements. 

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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